05 May 2011

Royals on the Farm 5/5 -- Cinco de Hosmer to KC

That's Treinta y Cinco de Mayo today, as #35 Eric Hosmer gets the call up to KC today. Unfortunately it's at the expense of Kila Ka'aihue, who despite hovering around the Mendoza line did have an OBP in the .300s. Gotta get some hits tho, Kila. I hope his walkoff shot early this season isn't his KC highlight, but I have a feeling it just might be. God speed, Eric Hosmer, may you hit .430 in a month-plus in MLB.

AAA - Omaha: Albuquerque 9, Storm Chasers 8

1B C. Robinson 3-4, BB, RBI (19), 2 RS, SB -- .340, breaking out the wheels with Hosmer up
LF Lough 3-6, 2B (10), 3B (4), RBI (17), K, 2 RS -- .327
SS Zawadzki 1-5, 2 RBI (9), K -- .183
CF Cain 2-2, BB, S, HBP, 2B (4), RS -- .294
DH Moustakas 2-4, HBP, 2 K, RS -- .245
3B Falu 2-4, BB, RBI (8), K, E (2) -- .298
2B Giavotella 1-6, RBI (19), K, RS -- .284
Omaha stranded 12.

Mazzaro 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 H, 5 K, HRA, WP -- 4.97 ERA
Mendoza 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, 4 BB -- L, 1-2, 5.29 ERA
Shell 1 2/3 IP, BB, K -- 8.03 ERA

* Omaha made a frantic surge in the 9th but fell 1 run short. Omaha left 'em loaded in the 2nd but David Lough led off the 3rd with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. Lorenzo Cain added an RBI single to make it 2-0, tho he was thrown out at second to end the rally. The Isotopes nicked Vin Mazzaro for a run in the 3rd, then got a solo homer in the 4th to tie it. Johnny Giavotella and Clint Robinson singled home runs in the 5th to regain the lead for the Chasers. Mazzaro couldn't hold it as a 2-run single in the bottom of the inning tied it at 4. Luis Mendoza came on for the 7th and didn't last more than an out as he and Steven Shell allowed 5 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks (all allowed by Mendoza). The Chasers loaded the bases with 0 out to start the 9th and got an Irving Falu RBI groundout and Lance Zawadzki 2-run single to cut it to 9-7. Lough hit a 2-out RBI single to trim the lead to 1 but a Giavotella forceout ended it with 2 on. SS Dee Gordon and CF Trayvon Robinson had 3 hits for the Isotopes. Robinson was a double short of the cycle. Omaha is 16-11. The Chasers return home to start a 4-game set with the Oklahoma City RedHawks (11-15, AAA Astros) on Friday. No starter is announced on the MiLB scoreboard for tomorrow.

AA - NW Arkansas: Springfield 5, Naturals 2

SS Colon 2-3, BB, RBI (14) -- .241
DH Bianchi 0-3, SF, RBI (9), K -- .235
RF Myers 0-3, BB, K -- .268
C S. Perez 0-3, BB, PB -- .250

W. Smith 4 2/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 7 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HRA -- L, 1-3, 6.75 ERA
M. Santiago 2 1/3 IP, H, 2 BB, K, WP -- 1.27 ERA
Keating 2 IP, 3 K -- 5.40 ERA

* The Naturals didn't click on either the pitching or hitting sides on Thursday. The Cards tallied a run off Will Smith in the 1st then plated 2 in the 3rd to make it 3-0. Christian Colon and Jeff Bianchi helped tighten the game with an RBI single and sac fly in the bottom of the 3rd. A single and Nick Van Stratten error helped the Cards add 2 more runs in the 5th off Smith. NWA stranded 2 in the 7th and that was their last best chance. CF Tommy Pham had 2 hits, 2 walks and 3 RS, and LF Jose Garcia also had 2 hits. NWA is 11-12. The series ends Friday night. Heath Rollins (0-2, 6.35) will start.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: Frederick 5, Blue Rocks 2

DH Francis 2-4, 2B (9), 2 RBI (19) -- .263
CF Merrifield 2-3, BB, 2B (8), K, RS -- .326
2B Navarro 1-3, BB, 2 K, RS -- .368

Arguelles 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 4 K, HRA -- L, 1-1, 2.28 ERA
Mariot 2 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 K, HRA -- 1.10 ERA

* Noel Arguelles had his struggles and the Keys won the series opener. The Keys scored a run on 2 hits in the 1st then added a run on 2 more hits in the 3rd. The Rocks had at least a base runner in each of the first 5 innings but couldn't get a run home. Frederick got a 2-run homer in the 6th, so Arguelles did a good job spreading out and holding the damage to a minimum, but there was just too much for the Rocks offense to handle. Mike Mariot gave up a solo homer in the 7th and Nick Francis broke up the shutout with a 2-run double in the 8th. RP Sean Gleason struck out the side in the 9th for his 5th save. Starter Tim Bascom allowed 4 hits and 2 walks with 7 Ks over 6 IP to improve to 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. 1B Tyler Townsend had 2 hits, including his 5th homer, and 3 RBI (21). The Rocks are 16-10. Game 2 is Friday. Elisaul Pimentel (2-0, 5.91) starts.

A - Kane County: game is tied at 3 going into the 14th

3B Cruz 3-4 -- .270
C Jenkins 2-6, 2B (5), 2 RBI (7), K -- .279
SS Hall 2-6, BB, 2B (9), 3 K, RS -- .321
LF Fletcher 0-5, BB, RBI (14), K, RS -- .313
CF Llanos 1-7, 2B (8), 3 K, RS -- .275
KC has stranded 14 thus far.

Marimon 3 IP, 3 H, 3 K -- 3.71 ERA, cut short by rain delay
Hodge 4 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, BB, 5 K, HRA -- 5.51 ERA
Odenbach 3 IP, 4 K -- 2.40 ERA
Byrne 3 IP, BB, 2 K -- 4.20 ERA
Mitchell IP, 2 H -- 3.95 ERA

* The game won't end as they're going into the bottom of the 14th. Alex Llanos led off the Cougar 1st with a double and scored on a Brian Fletcher groundout to get KC on the board, but they left the bases full. Mitch Hodge entered the game in the 4th after a rain delay cut short Sugar Ray Marimon's outing and Quad Cities tied the game. Ryan Jenkins hit a 2-run double in the 5th to make it 3-1 Cougars but Hodge served up a 2-run homer in the 6th to retie the game, and tied it has stayed since. KC stranded 2 in the 6th, 2 in the 7th, 3 in the 8th, 2 in the 9th, but the last 13 Cougars have gone down in order. Matt Mitchell stranded 2 in the 14th to keep it going. I'll wrap up the rest tomorrow.

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